Apple Decided Not to Buy Reese Witherspoon's 'Hello Sunshine' Media Company

Reese Witherspoon's media company "Hello Sunshine" recently courted various buyers, and while Apple was one of parties interested in buying Hello Sunshine, the Cupertino company did not end up going through with the purchase.

themorningshowcarrell
Hello Sunshine was valued at around $900 million thanks to its involvement in popular series like The Morning Show," "Big Little Lies," and "Little Fires Everywhere," and it would have marked Apple's largest media purchase to date had a deal been established.

Instead, Hello Sunshine is being purchased by an upcoming media venture run by two former Disney executives backed by Blackstone Group. According to The Wall Street Journal, the purchase was made as part of a plan to build an independent entertainment company.

There is no word on how much was paid for Hello Sunshine, but Reese Witherspoon and current CEO Sarah Harden will join the board of the new company and will continue to operate it.

Though Apple did not purchase Hello Sunshine, the two companies will continue to work together. Hello Sunshine is responsible for "The Morning Show" and it is involved in multiple upcoming Apple TV+ projects including "Surface" starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "The Last Thing He Told Me" with Julia Roberts, and country music reality series "My Kind of Country."

Recent rumors have suggested that Apple is exploring other purchase opportunities and has expressed interest in film studio A24. A24 has developed hit movies like "Hereditary," "Moonlight," "Lady Bird," and "Midsommar," plus it already has a content deal with Apple.

A24 and Apple have partnered on "Mr. Corman" and "On the Rocks" along with and upcoming films "Sharper," "The Sky is Everywhere," "The Tragedy of Macbeth," "Bride," and more.

Top Rated Comments

Onelifenofear Avatar
14 months ago

Apple is out of its depth in Hollywood. Save this comment- Apple TV will not exist in three years. Netflix will own it.
Gibberish. 112 Award wins froom 379 Nomintations. Their viewing numbers are really pretty good too. The worst thing is being able to find the ATV+ stuff on their own app.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WWP99 Avatar
14 months ago
Smart to avoid buying it.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Onelifenofear Avatar
14 months ago

Hopefully the harbinger of Apple getting out of Hollywood soon.
Why… how exactly does It affect your life? You either watch stuff they produce or you ignore it.

I’ve completed or part watched:

The Morning show
Amazing Stories
Earth at Night
For all mankind
Little America
Long way Up
Mythic Quest
Schmigadoon
Ted Lasso
Tiny World
Trying
And the Kids stuff.

and they have All been very good to outstanding.

Some misses - See and Mosqunto coast were Disappointing.

And really looking forward to:
Foundation
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jack Neill Avatar
14 months ago
I too, also declined to purchase the organization. It just wasn't a good fit for my portfolio in this fiscal quarter.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FishyFish Avatar
14 months ago
****, this sucks so much for Reese. Hopefully she will be ok!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
14 months ago

Apple is out of its depth in Hollywood. Save this comment- Apple TV will not exist in three years. Netflix will own it.
LOL. No.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

nfl

Apple 'Ready to Spend Billions' on Live Sports Content Over Next Four Years

Friday January 14, 2022 3:52 am PST by
Apple is on an "aggressive hunt" for potential deals that would allow it to broadcast live sports content on its TV+ streaming service as part of a wider effort to boost subscription numbers, according to a new report from investment firm Wedbush. In a new investor note, seen by MacRumors, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said he regards Apple's decision not to acquire a movie studio yet as a clear...
maxresdefault

Oscar Nominated Apple TV+ Movie 'CODA' Releasing in Theaters for Free

Friday February 18, 2022 9:40 am PST by
Apple TV+ movie "CODA" recently received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, and to celebrate and get the film out to more people, Apple is planning to re-release it in theaters for free. "CODA" will be available to watch for free in theaters from Friday, February 25 to Sunday, February 27. All of the free screenings will feature open captions so they are accessible to deaf and...
disney plus shareplay

Disney+ Gains SharePlay Support for Watching With Friends on FaceTime Calls

Wednesday December 15, 2021 7:21 am PST by
Disney today announced that it has updated its Disney+ app with support for SharePlay across the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, as reported by TechCrunch. SharePlay allows users running iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, tvOS 15.1, or later to watch Disney+ series and movies in sync with friends and family while on a FaceTime call together. Disney said SharePlay is available globally for the entire Disney+ ...
chris evans scarlett johansson

Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans to Star in Apple TV+ Movie 'Ghosted'

Monday August 30, 2021 4:11 am PDT by
Apple TV+ has another high-profile movie project in the works, reports Deadline. Titled "Ghosted," the upcoming romantic action adventure will star Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. The movie will be directed by Dexter Fletcher (director of "Rocketman") and produced by Skydance studios, with a script by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the writers of the Deadpool films and "Zombieland," and...
finch hanks

New Tom Hanks Sci-Fi Movie 'Finch' Premieres on Apple TV+

Friday November 5, 2021 5:00 am PDT by
Original sci-fi movie "Finch" starring Tom Hanks premiered on Apple TV+ today. The film revolves around a man, a robot (played by "Get Out" actor Caleb Landry Jones), and a dog, who form an unlikely family in the midst of apocalyptic changes on Earth caused by a devastating solar flare. The new film, which is likely to be an award contender, is described by Apple as follows: In "Finch," a...
apple tv plus banner

Apple TV+ Subscribers Who Join for Major Releases Like 'Greyhound' Don't Stick Around

Monday January 31, 2022 1:26 pm PST by
The release of popular Tom Hanks movie "Greyhound" saw a major jump in Apple TV+ subscribers when it launched, but most of those subscribers did not stick around, according to data compiled by subscriber measurement service Antenna and shared by The Wall Street Journal. Apple TV+ saw around 60,000 sign-ups when Greyhound was released on July 10, 2020, with that number not counting those who...
Apple Logo Cash Orange 1

Former Apple Employee Charged With Defrauding Company of Over $10 Million

Monday March 21, 2022 3:57 am PDT by
A former Apple employee involved in the company's supply chain and responsible for making order purchases and invoicing them back to Apple has been charged by U.S prosecutors for defrauding the tech giant of over $10 million, Reuters reports. According to court filings in San Jose, California seen by Reuters, Dhirendra Prasad, a former employee in Apple's supply chain, is facing five...
maxresdefault

Hands-On With iOS 15's SharePlay Feature

Monday December 6, 2021 11:33 am PST by
With the iOS 15.1 update that launched in late October, Apple added SharePlay, a feature that's designed to let you do more over FaceTime. Using SharePlay, you can watch movies, listen to music, and use apps with friends and family, and we thought we'd give it a try to see how it works. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The first step with any SharePlay experience is ...

Popular Stories

iPhone 14 Dummies 1 Feature

Everything Rumored for Apple's September Event: iPhone 14, Apple Watch Pro and More

Friday August 12, 2022 2:34 pm PDT by
There's just about a month to go until Apple holds its annual September event focusing on new iPhone and Apple Watch models. We thought we'd take a quick look at everything that's rumored for Apple's September event to give MacRumors readers a rundown on what to expect when the first fall event rolls around. iPhone 14 The iPhone 14 can probably be described more as an "iPhone 13S" because...
z fold 4 1

Hands-On With Samsung's Latest Foldable Smartphones, the Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip

Friday August 12, 2022 12:46 pm PDT by
Samsung this week launched its fourth-generation foldable devices, the $1,000 Galaxy Z Flip and the $1,800 Galaxy Z Fold. Though there's no sign of a comparable Apple foldable device on the horizon, rumors suggest prototypes are in the works, so we thought we'd take a look at Samsung's newest smartphones to see what Apple needs to measure up to when a foldable iPhone does come out. Subscribe ...
iPhone 14 Pro Purple Rear Flat MacRumors Exclusive

iPhone 14 Pro: Analyst Believes Storage Will Continue to Start at 128GB Despite Rumored Price Increase

Friday August 12, 2022 7:04 am PDT by
It wouldn't be the month before an iPhone launch without a few back-and-forth rumors, with the latest debate concerning iPhone 14 Pro storage. iPhone 14 Pro render by Ian Zelbo While research firm TrendForce forecasted that iPhone 14 Pro models could start with an increased 256GB of storage, Haitong International analyst Jeff Pu today forecasted that the upcoming Pro models will continue to...
iPhone 14 Pro Purple Front and Back MacRumors Exclusive feature

iPhone 14 Is Just a Few Weeks Away: Three Tips to Prepare for the New iPhone

Wednesday August 10, 2022 4:08 am PDT by
The launch of the new iPhone 14 is just a few weeks away, meaning millions of iPhone customers will soon upgrade their existing iPhone or perhaps get an iPhone for the first time. Exclusive MacRumors iPhone 14 Pro renders by graphic designer Ian Zelbo Whether upgrading from an older model or this is your first iPhone, we've rounded up a few tips to help you prepare for the next flagship...
iPhone 14 Pro Lineup Feature Silver

Kuo: Apple to Increase Prices of iPhone 14 Pro Models

Wednesday August 10, 2022 8:22 am PDT by
Apple plans to increase the prices of iPhone 14 Pro models compared to iPhone 13 Pro models, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo did not reveal exact pricing for the iPhone 14 Pro models. However, in a tweet today, he estimated that the average selling price of the iPhone 14 lineup as a whole will increase by about 15% compared to the iPhone 13 lineup. In the United States, the iPhone...
top stories 13aug2022

Top Stories: New Battery Percentage Icon in iOS 16, USB-C AirPods Rumor, and More

Saturday August 13, 2022 6:00 am PDT by
This week brought some shocking news for iOS 16 beta testers, with Apple bringing back the iPhone battery percentage to the status bar after a number of years. Other news and rumors this week included word that Apple has started recording portions of its media event planned for next month to introduce the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8, claims about iPhone 14 Pro pricing and Apple's...